Got an idea for a fundraising event or activity? Join #TeamYAT to be part of our fundraising community.

Adventure and personal challenge are at the very heart of what we do at the Youth Adventure Trust. #TeamYAT calls upon all intrepid individuals to take on a personal challenge and raise some money to help vulnerable young people climb their own personal mountains. Run a marathon, do an endurance bike ride, swim the oceans or take to the air – do whatever you fancy and we will support you every step of the way.

What’s your challenge?

  • Climbing

    Climbing4all Challenge

    The BMC’s Climbing4all fundraising challenge is every March: gather a team or climb solo, pick one of their challenges and sign up to raise money for Youth Adventure Trust. Can you climb Everest or Big Ben in a week?

    When: March 2021

    Where: Your local climbing wall – indoor or outdoor!

    Organiser: The BMC

  • Cycling

    Ridgeway 100: The Return of the Stones

    This fantastic kilometre century features an out and back format, using the very best riding on the magnificent ridge. Starting and finishing in the same place, there’s no return transport worries, and now with 85 & 50km options too!

    When: Saturday 11 September 2021

    Where: Chilton School, Downside, Chilton, Didcot OX11 0PQ

    Full route: 107km/1360m climb; Mid route: 86km/1100m climb; Short route: 48km/572m climb

    Organiser:  CX Sportive

  • Hiking

    Jurassic Coast Challenge

    Join adventurers of all experience levels & ages and Walk, Jog or Run the spectacular Jurassic Coast – a World Heritage Site – and where our young people face new challenges in their Coast Camp!

    From the sweeping Poole Harbour and along the ups and downs to vibrant Bridport, you’ll enjoy expansive views and iconic scenery, including West Bay’s famous cliffs (of TV’s Broadchurch fame).

    When: Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 May 2021 – NEW DATE

    Where: Poole to Bridport, Dorset

    Full Challenge: 100km/2,660m climb; 1st Half: 58km/1,600m climb; 2nd Half: 42km/600m climb; Marathon (new): 42km/1,475m climb; 1st Quarter: 25km/400m climb; 2nd Quarter: 33km/1,150m climb

    Organiser: Action Challenge. There are different fundraising & cost options available. Register online with their Spring Deal until the 31st May 2021.

     

    Race to the Stones

    Conquer 100km along the oldest path in Britain, The Ridgeway, and finish at the iconic Avebury Stone Circle. The Ridgeway offers something very special: lined with Bronze Age hill forts, Neolithic burial chambers and Roman river crossings, you will step in the same footsteps as travellers who lived over 5,000 years ago. Just like the Romans thousands of years ago, have you got what it takes to conquer the 100km (or 50km) trail?

    When: Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 July 2021

    Where: Lewknor, Oxfordshire to Avebury, Wiltshire

    Full Challenge: 100km/3,704ft elevation; Day 1 Challenge: 50km/1,973ft elevation; Day 2 Challenge: 50km/1,731ft elevation.

    Organiser: Threshold Sports. Register online now.

  • Running – including Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon places!

    Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon

    The world’s greatest marathon, in London or from wherever you are – it’s your chance to do it your way as one of a record 100,000 participants. The virtual 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon will take place on Sunday 3 October and participants will have 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds (from 00:00:00 to 23:59:59 BST) to complete the distance, which they can choose to run, walk or jog – participants of all abilities are welcome. Limited charity places are available to run for Youth Adventure Trust.

    When: Sunday 3 October 2021

    Where: Wherever you are!

    Distance: 26.2 miles

    Organiser: London Marathon Events. Limited places available: register now.

     

    Jurassic Coast Challenge

    Join adventurers of all experience levels & ages and Walk, Jog or Run the spectacular Jurassic Coast – a World Heritage Site – and where our young people face new challenges in their Coast Camp!

    From the sweeping Poole Harbour and along the ups and downs to vibrant Bridport, you’ll enjoy expansive views and iconic scenery, including West Bay’s famous cliffs (of TV’s Broadchurch fame).

    When: Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 May 2021 – NEW DATE

    Where: Poole to Bridport, Dorset

    Full Challenge: 100km/2,660m climb; 1st Half: 58km/1,600m climb; 2nd Half: 42km/600m climb; Marathon (new): 42km/1,475m climb; 1st Quarter: 25km/400m climb; 2nd Quarter: 33km/1,150m climb

    Organiser: Action Challenge. There are different fundraising & cost options available. Register online with their Spring Deal until the 31st May 2021.

     

    Barmouth 10k

    Probably the most picturesque 10k in the UK, run across the iconic Barmouth Bridge on a fast flat course that’s ideal for PB’s. This road race launches the 3 Peaks Yacht Race which sees teams sail from Barmouth to Fort William, with land stages to Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis.

    When: Saturday 19 June 2021

    Where: Barmouth, Wales

    Distance: 10km.

    Organiser: The Three Peaks Yacht Race. Entries are now on a waiting list.

     

    Race to the Stones

    Conquer 100km along the oldest path in Britain, The Ridgeway, and finish at the iconic Avebury Stone Circle. The Ridgeway offers something very special: lined with Bronze Age hill forts, Neolithic burial chambers and Roman river crossings, you will step in the same footsteps as travellers who lived over 5,000 years ago. Just like the Romans thousands of years ago, have you got what it takes to conquer the 100km (or 50km) trail?

    When: Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 July 2021

    Where: Lewknor, Oxfordshire to Avebury, Wiltshire

    Full Challenge: 100km/3,704ft elevation; Day 1 Challenge: 50km/1,973ft elevation; Day 2 Challenge: 50km/1,731ft elevation.

    Organiser: Threshold Sports. Register online now.

     

    Badminton Horseless Trial Event

    This unique event, now in its 37th year, is run by The Rotary Club of the South Cotswolds to raise money for local charities. It is held in Badminton Park in Gloucestershire, and the all terrain course takes the runners over some of the world-famous Horse Trials obstacles, in sight of deer herds and through fields and woods. Enter as a team or solo, with junior and cannicross options, to raise money through sponsorship.

    When: Sunday 5 September 2021 – NEW DATE

    Where: Badminton Park, Gloucestershire

    Distance: 5km or 10km

    Organiser: The Rotary Club of the South Cotswolds. Entries are now open.

     

    Swindon Half Marathon

    With a famously fast course, Swindon is the perfect place for your next half marathon: the closed-road course is mostly flat with an incredible downhill final mile! The route takes you past some of the town’s attractions – the beautifully restored Grade II listed Museum of the Great Western Railway, the Magic Roundabout, voted 4th scariest junction in Britain (don’t worry it’ll be closed to traffic!), the County Ground, home to Swindon Town FC since 1896, the chic Swindon Designer Outlet and the charming Old Town, the cultural heart of Swindon.

    When: Sunday 19 September 2021

    Where: Swindon, Wiltshire

    Distance: Half Marathon

    Organiser: The Race Organiser. Register online now.

     

    Great Bristol 10k

    If ever there was a city with a story to tell, it’s Bristol. Enveloped in the hills of South West England, it has a distinctive identity that outrivals anywhere else. Set yourself a 2020 challenge today… We hope to see you on that start line!

    When: Sunday 19 September 2021

    Where: Bristol

    Distance: 10km

    Organiser: Great Run. Entries are now open.

  • Sailing

    3 Peaks Yacht Race

    Sail up the wild West Coast and run to the summits of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis, the highest peaks of Wales, England & Scotland. A classic adventure race for teams of runners and sailors since 1977, with Youth Adventure Trust as the charity partner. There is also a non-competitive ‘The Three Peaks Yacht Challenge’ run in parallel with the ‘Classic’ race.

    When: from Saturday 19 June 2021

    Where: Barmouth to Fort William, and Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis

    Distance: sail from Barmouth to Fort William, with land stages to Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis running 54.8 miles, cycling 40 miles, and climbing 16,500ft.

    Organiser: The Three Peaks Yacht Race. Entries are now open.

  • Swimming

    The Swindon North Rotary Club Swimathon 2021

    This charity Swimathon is in aid of the Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group and any other charity chosen by the swimmers themselves. Entries are invited from teams, ideally 4 to 8 members, and team members will swim in relay for up to an hour. Experienced swimmers or absolute beginners, anyone aged 8 to 80+ who can swim, can take part. No-one need exceed their level of competence; it’s neither a marathon nor a race.

    When: Date TBC 2021

    Where: Link Centre, Whitehill Way, Westlea, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 7DL

    Distance: swim in team relay for up to an hour

    Organiser: Swindon North Rotary Club. For more information and to book online.

  • Triathlon

    The Cats Solutions Cotswold Sprint & Supersprint Triathlon

    The short event and the venue are ideal for first timers or those moving from pool swim events to open water and the Super Sprint provides a great early fitness test or stepping-stone to Sprint and Standard distance – all abilities welcome!

    When: Sunday 23 May 2021

    Where: The Cotswold Country Park and Beach, Spratsgate Lane, Shorncote, Cirencester, GL7 6DF

    Distance: 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run OR 400m swim, 20km bike, 2.5km run OR Relay 750m-20km-5km

    Organiser: Total Promotions. For more information and to book online.

  • Wild Night Out

    Wild Night Out

    For one night each year Explorers Connect are encouraging you to get outside. On 17th July 2021, people across the UK will be coming together to have adventures outdoors, big and small. They would love you to join us. Explorers Connect believe that Britons are spending too much time indoors. Explorers Connect think the answer is to encourage and support each other to get outside, and Youth Adventure Trust as the charity partner. What better way than to set a date in the diary?

    When: Saturday 17 July 2021

    Where: Wherever you like

    Duration: As long as you like

    Organiser: Explorers Connect.

  • Ziplining

    VELOCITY 2

    Prepare for a truly unique and exhilarating experience; the fastest zip line in the world. Soar over Penrhyn Quarry where you could travel at speeds of over 100mph while you take in the breath-taking views and feel the freedom of flight.

    When: Throughout the year

    Where: Penrhyn Quarry, Snowdonia

    Distance: 1555 metres

    Organiser: Zip World are re-opening from 26th April 2021. Find out more here.

Alternatively, join one of our existing Youth Adventure Challenges. Our challenges, for teams or individuals, give participants the chance to really test themselves and achieve incredible things

Or if you fancy something a little less energetic, then we have lots of ideas to help you put the fun into fundraising and plenty of experience to help you bring your own ideas to life.

We’d love to talk to you about your ideas, advise you on planning, training and fundraising and be your own personal cheer leader. Email Natalie on natalie.levin@youthadventuretrust.org.uk to find out more about joining #TeamYAT!

Register today and get your free fundraising pack full of ideas and inspiration to help you raise money for Youth Adventure Trust! Once you’ve registered you will be able to access and download all the resources you’ll need to help make your event a success, including sponsorship forms, posters, invitations and more.

Looking for inspiration?

If you need some inspiration then take a look at what some of our other #TeamYAT members have been doing.

Wendy Searle: South Pole 2020

Youth Adventure Trust volunteer and adventurer Wendy Searle has become the 7th woman to ski solo and unsupported from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole. Wendy completed the expedition in just 42 days, 16hrs, 23mins, becoming the 4th fastest solo unsupported female by skiing 720 miles, consuming 258,000 calories – with 0 rest days!

By completing this extraordinary Antarctic challenge, Wendy has demonstrated incredible resilience and mental toughness – exactly the skills that our young people learn on the Youth Adventure Programme. She is raising funds for Youth Adventure Trust and ABF, the Soldier’s Charity, to inspire others that the extraordinary is available to everyone, regardless of their circumstances.

“It was a really long journey to get to the South Pole, not just on Antarctica itself, but it was also 5 years of planning, training and fundraising to get to the start. It was the hardest thing I have ever done, to find the courage every day to carry on despite incredibly difficult physical challenges. All this hard work was worth it though, to be able to support two incredible and worthwhile charities.”

[Photo credit Wendy Searle/South Pole 2020]

Natatia Robinson: Loch Ness Marathon

Natatia was inspired to set herself a challenge after listening to an interview with American ultramarathon runner David Goggins, where he talked about how transformational discomfort can truly be. He asked the question “What is it that you have never wanted to do?” – and Natatia realised she was going to have to run a marathon!

Pushing herself to the limit by doing something outside of her comfort zone is at the heart of what Youth Adventure Trust is all about, and Natatia chose a lovely scenic marathon as her first!

“I know from my own experiences that taking on large amounts of responsibility at a young age can be very lonely and extremely tiresome, and giving children a place to not only be free of these responsibilities but also to meet peers who are able to understand and appreciate their struggles is an invaluable service.”

Shaun: The Big Abseil

In June 2019, volunteer mentor Shaun braved a 130ft abseil down the Jury’s Inn Hotel, Swindon, to raise £395 for YAT, alongside his mentee Christopher, who was fundraising towards a school trip to Kenya next year.

“It was great to do the abseil together! My mentee Chris did himself (and me) proud. Despite a few jitters at the top he fully committed and did the whole thing like a walk in the park.”

Jake: Cotswold Way Ultra Challenge 2019

Jake Greenwood undertook an incredible 100km Ultra Challenge along the Cotswold Way, hiking through night and day on one of the hottest weekends of the year to raise £1,602 for Youth Adventure Trust!

“I wanted to work with a charity that helps give young people the opportunity to rewrite their narrative and live fully. I loved the idea of taking on an outdoor challenge to help young people take on their own challenge – and giving them access to the childhood adventures I had. I want to give them the power of the outdoors. Everyone deserves it.”